PGFD Will Pay Respects to Fallen Hero Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart During Procession Through County

Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart USMC, 34, Stafford County died Friday, June 20, 2014 as a result of a hostile incident while supporting combat operations in the Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department will pay their respects to Staff Sgt. Stewart during the procession transporting him from Dover AFB in Delaware to his home to Stafford, VA today.  It is anticipated that the procession will enter Prince George’s County around 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm.  Firefighters and Paramedics will assist with traffic control and pay their respects as the procession passes through the County at the following intersections;

SB Route 301 at Laurel-Bowie Road Route 197
SB Route 301 at Pointer Ridge Drive
SB Route 301 at Central Avenue
SB Route 301 at Marlboro Pike
SB Route 301 at Pennsylvania Avenue
SB Route 301 at S. Osborne Road
SB Route 301 at Frank Tippet Road
SB Route 301 at Brandywine Road
SB Route 301 at Cedarville Road

Any citizens wishing to join us may do so respectfully and safely from the shoulder of the road behind the Fire/EMS Apparatus.

SSgt. Stewart joined the Marine Corps in 2000 as a reservist. In 2004 SSgt Stewart was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was at this time SSgt Stewart and his wife Krissy made the decision that he was meant to be an active duty Marine. He has remained on active duty since that time.

His operational deployments included three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2005, 2006-2007 and 2008. As well as two tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2012-2013 and his last was in March of 2014.

His awards include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Kristine Stewart; his two beautiful children, MacKenzie and Marshall; father, Lt. Col. Nelson H. Stewart (USMC Retired); and brother, Nelson E. Stewart.

A funeral service will be held at 1pm Tuesday, July 1 at the Quantico Marine Base Chapel. Burial will follow at 2:30pm at Quantico National Cemetery.

Staff and Recruits from Fire/EMS Training Academy